More than 400 organisations took part in the 2016 Workplace Equality Index, the highest number in its 12-year history.
The WEI is a powerful evidence-based benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace.
Each participant must demonstrate their expertise in 10 distinct areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, career development, training and community engagement.
Criteria for the WEI is revised every three years.
Top 100 Employers
The Top 100 Employers list is compiled from submissions to the index.
At the same time, staff from across each organisation take part in an anonymous survey about their employers’ attitudes towards workplace culture, diversity and inclusion.
Over 60,000 staff took part in 2016, making it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain.
Individuals and groups also receive awards each year for their contribution to progressing equality within their organisations:
- Senior Champion
- Role Model
- Network Group
Who can participate?
The WEI is free to enter and is open to any organisation. Stonewall Diversity Champions and Global Diversity Champions also take part.
- Taking part is completely FREE
- Assess your organisations achievements and progress on LGBT equality
- Compare your performance with organisations in your region or sector
- Stonewall Diversity Champions receive in-depth consultative feedback
- Over 1000 organisations have taken part since the WEI launched 12 years ago.
What about trans policies?
- 2016 marked the first time the WEI asked about trans-specific policies
- Organisational change with regard to trans will be monitored in 2017
- Participants will be formally marked on their trans policies from 2018.
Submissions and deadlines
Submission deadline for 2017 WEI will be posted here.
Star Performers are organisations that have ranked in the Top 10 of the Workplace Equality Index at least three times in the last five years.
In recognition of their unwavering and consistent efforts to create workplaces where lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff can be themselves at work, they graduate to Star Performer status.
We currently have nine Star Performers:
How are Star Performers different?
- They are not ranked in the WEI or Top 100.
- Star Performers work with Stonewall on pioneering initiatives which define best practice for the future.
- These initiatives range from global campaigns to revolutionising service delivery.
- Star Performers actively mentor another employer that is working to create an LGBT-inclusive workplace.
Diversity is vital for MI5, not just because it’s right that we represent the communities we serve, but because we rely on the skills of the most talented people whoever they are, and wherever they may be.
Andrew Parker, Director-General, MI5
As a benchmarking tool, it’s the best in the class.
Mark Mclane, Managing Director, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays
Having access to such a wealth of support and research, and benchmarking ourselves against the best employers and health providers, enables us to ensure our services are world class - serving the needs of all our communities.
Jason Killens, Director of Operations, London Ambulance Service
We regard the Workplace Equality Index as a hugely important benchmarking tool because our clients and our competitors are also doing this. It lets us actively demonstrate and show evidence of what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.